Barbie is blowing up these days. Have you noticed or is it just because I have an almost four-year-old who is all consumed with Barbie’s cute outfits and bouncy ponytail? It was a Barbie Christmas around these parts. And while some of my mom counterparts may object to what Barbie represents, I am completely and 100% ok with letting my daughter play with Barbie.
But, this isn’t a fem post about whether or not Barbie dolls are acceptable toys for girls. I don’t get that worked up – over much – and certainly not about perfectly sculpted dolls.
I want to be on the “we need a bald Barbie” train but here I sit shrugging my shoulders and wondering what the big deal is. I think children suffering from hair loss should at the very least have a toy they can identify with. When I went through chemotherapy, I felt like an outsider. I was going through something that none of my friends had or were experiencing. It was completely isolating and lonely. So, from this perspective I think a child suffering from hair loss might benefit from a doll like a bald Barbie.
When you’re bald, at least in my personal experience, it’s the last thing you want to be reminded of. Really. On the flip side though, I can completely understand how a young girl suffering from hair loss who played with a regular Barbie doll might feel some resentment towards the “image” Barbie represents and in turn develop a worse self-image of herself.
Is a bald Barbie the answer?
I don’t know. I wish there was an easy answer. I guess I’m leaning toward the idea that creating an environment of understanding and acceptance is better than a toy. I’d rather see a series of books written for children with these special afflictions. Or children and tween programs regularly featuring a child who is bald. I believe that an image of a bald child in mainstream media would make children suffering from the same disease feel less isolated.
Have you liked the “Beautiful and Bald Barbie” Facebook page or do you think there is a better alternative? Comment and tell me what you think!